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Buhari vs Atiku: Time to rescue Nigeria is now – PDP

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The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus have enjoined the people of the North east region to join the rest of the country in the mission to rescue our nation.

Atiku and Secondus spoke on Tuesday at the North East zonal rally of the party in Gombe, Gombe State as jubilant crowd drawn from the six states of the zone welcomed them.

Atiku said that the situation in the country since the All Progressives Congress, APC, came to power calls for all hands to be on deck to rescue our democracy.

The National Chairman of the party on his part charged the people to be ready to vote out the APC by coming out on the voting day.

“You must not only vote but must be ready to defend your vote, the APC is not preparing for election, they want to rig but you must be ready to resist their antics,” he said.

Prince Secondus said that APC had destroyed the country and that PDP and Atiku were coming back to power to save situation.

According to a statement from his media office signed by Ike Abonyi, Prince Secondus said that the economy of the nation has been destroyed by the APC administration with President Muhammadu Buhari painting a gory picture.

He said Atiku was coming with all the prerequisite experience both in public and private sector to restore the nation’s lost glory.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara also addressed the rally that was attended by top pdp stakeholders including the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekkweremadu.

The National Chairman performed the symbolic handing over of flag to the Presidential candidate and the six gubernatorial candidates of Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bprno, Yobe and Buachi states that make up the geo political zone.

Livescore: Latest Carabao Cup quarter-final results [Tuesday] 2018/2019 EFL Cup scores

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The last eight teams in the Carabao Cup, will clash against each other this week.

On Tuesday, Leicester City will host Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s men are the current holders of the cup and will be looking to progress and retain the trophy.

The other game will see Middlebrough take on Burton Albion.

Both matches kick off 8.45pm West African time.

Tuesday, December 18
20:45 Leicester City vs Manchester City
20:45 Middlesbrough vs Burton Albion

Plateau unrest: Military taskforce accuses elites of manipulating, misguiding youths into violence

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The Special Military Taskforce code named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), saddled with the responsibility of maintaining peace in Plateau State, on Tuesday blamed elites in the state of manipulating and misguiding youths into perpetuating violence.

Commander OPSH, Major General Augustine Agundu, made the disclosure in Jos at a youth summit organised by OPSH and Civil Military Relief Initiative to foster unity and peaceful coexistence.

Agundu said within his five months as OPSH Commander, he was able to interact with different groups (ordinary/elite) and he understood the true situation of things.

“My deduction here on the Plateau is that the youth have been manipulated and misguided into violence.

“Some mischief makers are exploiting the vulnerability of the youth population to unleash mayhem on law abiding citizens,” he stated.

The Commander said, according to UNICEF figures, 45.8 percent of Plateau population are youth under the age of 30 years.

According to him, with almost half of the population being youth, it therefore means that the youths should be prepared to take up leadership responsibilities and not indulge in the act of violence.

“Some claim to be representing you, but in truth they prosper in atmosphere of chaos and bloodletting”, he explained.

“May I arouse your consciousness and urge you to never allow yourselves to be used as agents of disintegration.

“This crises on the Plateau has lasted for too long and must stop now if we all agree in unity of peace purpose,” he added.

He said, “An average Plateau youth is energetic, vibrant, hardworking, focus and result oriented.”

Agundu urged them not to allow anybody to belittle their capacity to positively change the society.

He appealed to them not to indulge in drugs, stating that the crises is perpetrated as effect of drug consumption.

The Commander expalined that the summit by OPSH, is a non kinetic approach to entrench enduring peace in Plateau.

According to him, he convened the meeting so that eyeball to eyeball, the youth who have bore the brunt of most crises, and were most often used to foment the trouble to understand that it would take them no where.

Enugu workers hail Gov. Ugwuanyi over 13th month salary

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Workers in Enugu State have confirmed receipt of the 13th month salary as 2018 Christmas bonus from Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration to celebrate the season with their loved ones.

Confirming the news, the Chairman of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Enugu State Council, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe disclosed that “some workers have started calling me that they have received alert for the 13th month salary”.

The elated labour leader had in a letter issued to Gov. Ugwuanyi, which was co-signed by his secretary, Comrade Benneth Asogwa, appreciated the governor’s “magnanimity for the approval and payment of the 13th month salary (Christmas bonus) to the civil servants and workers of the state-owned parastatals in Enugu State”.

They stated that the Congress was delighted that “for the first time the state-owned parastatals will be paid 13th month salary alongside their colleagues in the civil service”.

The Congress noted that the governor’s kind gesture towards the civil/public servants of the state has “demonstrated your continuous love for the workers of Enugu State by putting smiles on their faces in this Christmas season”.

They therefore, pledged their unflinching support for the success of his administration.

What APC wants to do in 2019 – PDP chairman, Secondus

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Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not ready for the 2019 election.

He stated that the ruling party was planning to rig.

Secondus spoke on Tuesday at the North-East zonal rally of the party in Gombe.

The National Chairman charged the people to be ready to vote out the APC.

He enjoined them to join the rest of the country in the mission to rescue Nigeria.

“You must not only vote but must be ready to defend your vote, the APC is not preparing for election, they want to rig but you must be ready to resist their antics,” he said.

Secondus said that APC had destroyed the country and PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar are coming back to power to save situation.

According to a statement from his media office signed by Ike Abonyi, Secondus said that the economy of the nation has been destroyed by the APC administration with President Muhammadu Buhari painting a gory picture.

He said Atiku is coming with all the prerequisite experience both in public and private sector to restore the nation’s lost glory.

The National Chairman performed the symbolic handing over of flag to the presidential candidate and the six gubernatorial candidates of Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Borno, Yobe and Buachi states that make up the geo political zone.

2019 election: Abubakar warns INEC, security agencies, others

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Former Head of State and Chairman, National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has called on the police and other stakeholders to show more commitment towards conducting credible elections in 2019.

Abubakar, who was the Chairman of the occasion, made the call at a security summit for stakeholders on the electoral process on Tuesday in Abuja.

“The police and stakeholders must show commitment to the 2019 general elections,“ he said.

He said the current security challenges in the country should be of concern to all Nigerians, adding that all stakeholders must collaborate with the police to provide security during the elections.

The former Head of State also called on the police to discharge their duties in accordance with the law to erase the perception of intimidation Nigerians have about them.

He also enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other security agencies to put Nigeria first as the whole world was looking up to them on the conduct credible elections.

In a remark, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan, urged security agencies in the country to carry out their constitutional mandate in accordance with the law.

He said that Nigeria was greater than any individual or group, adding that election was not “a do-or-die affair’’ but a contest where the popular candidates emerge.

“Unity of Nigeria is not negotiable and we should be fair and equitable in all we do,“ he said.

The monarch also advised the youths to shun violence while refusing to be used by unscrupulous politicians.

BREAKING: Court of Appeal sacks Kashamu as Ogun PDP candidate

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan on Tuesday sacked Buruji Kashamu as the Ogun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The development means Oladipupo Adebutu is the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State.

PDP had sued the Adedayo Bayo-led faction to the Court of Appeal to challenge an earlier judgment by a lower court.

In the ruling, the panel, headed by Justice A.B. Bada, set aside the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abeokuta which held that Kashamu and those who emerged from his faction were the PDP candidates for the 2019 general election.

Justice H.S. Samani read the lead judgment. Also on the panel was Justice N. Okoronkwo.

They held that the rights of the appellants to a fair hearing were breached as they were not properly served when the case was heard at the lower court.

Five Generals exit Nigerian Army

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The Nigerian Army on Tuesday pulled out two Major Generals and three Brigradier Generals out of service at the Nigerian Army Medical Corps in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the generals that were pulled out are Maj.-Gen. Abimbola, Amusu, Maj.-Gen. Patrick Falola, Brig.-Gen. Folorunsho Jegede, Brig.-Gen. O. Akinyode and Brig.-Gen. M. Robbinson.

The pulling out parade of the five generals was witnessed by top military officers, both serving and retired.

Amusu, in her valedictory remarks, attributed her success to hard work, dedication, commitment to service and divine help.

She admonished serving military personnel to remain focused and resolute, and exhibit total loyalty to constituted authorities.

“Your loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria can best be given through vigilant security consciousness,” she said.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was represented at the event by the Corps Commander Ordinance, Maj.-Gen. Joel Unnigbe.

2019: Why Nigerians should vote PDP – Atiku

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has assured Nigerians of peace and development in the country if elected president come 2019.
Atiku gave the assurance at the North East zonal rally of the party in Gombe on Tuesday.

NAN reports that Atiku said people were in hunger and poverty, hence the need to vote out the All Progressives Congress (APC), for more development.

He, however, called on the party supporters to vote PDP in all positions for positive change in the country.
Also speaking Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, who is the North East Zonal Coordinator for the presidential rally, thanked the leadership of the party for giving the zone the presidential candidate slot.

He called on the people in the North East to return the favour by ensuring victory for the party in 2019.

2019 presidency: Make me your Vice President – Duncan Mighty begs Sowore

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Nigerian popstar, Duncan Mighty has given reasons he should be chosen as presidential running mate to Omoyele Sowore of the Action Alliance Congress, AAC.

The singer and record producer expressed interest in being mate to Sowore, adding that Rabiu Ahmed Rufai, who currently occupies the position, is not doing enough on the campaign front.

Sowore’s vice presidential candidate, Rufai is a doctor and public health expert, and by virtue of his profession, Duncan Mighty feels he should be educating Nigerians on how the country’s healthcare system can be revamped.

The singer said on Instagram, “Nigeria needs solution experts who are able to go into the street.
“A man like Sowore needs a man like Duncan Mighty to tell him whatever you say can be done.

“Someone was telling me that Sowore already has a vice-presidential candidate and I went to his page and realised that this guy is a doctor and he has only 15 posts of pictures.
“He is supposed to let us know, as a doctor, that Nigeria should be the leading health nation.

“Nigeria should be that nation where everybody from outside should come have the best healthcare. For this reason, I will demand a debate.
“It is high time we realise that it is not only when Mr President travels that the vice-president should work.

“Go to Sowore’s page, you will realise that he has over 543 posts concerning how Nigeria is going to get better.”